19 September 2012

As if pollen weren't bad enough...

Some sort of weed has been pollinating here lately. Being uninsured, I have to deal with allergies with over the counter solutions (unless it reaches the point of "i can't stop sneezing long enough to take a breath" or "i can't get enough air in my lungs"). So, I broke out the store-branded zyrtec. I started with one a day, and did all right. A couple/few weeks later, two in the morning and two at night are barely taking the edge off.

As if pollen weren't bad enough, Sunshine had to go bring home some crud he caught from his oldest. This oldest has two kids, and cute and precious though they may be, little kids are basically petri dishes for diseases/illnesses/crud. So, when Sunshine's oldest calls last week and says "I'm sick. You want me working or home?", Sunshine says "if you can work, I would appreciate it; we have a deadline", and good kid that he is, the son shows up for work. I'm grateful, but now Sunshine has the crud and I am probably right behind him. (for the record, Sunshine is like a walking antiviral, antibacterial miracle. In five years, he has been sick like three times: once was H1N1 caught from the office manager's kid, once was probably from all the rat-poo and other crud that got stirred up when we had to disassemble our bathroom in the magic bus* to fix a water leak, and now this crud. So, he almost never gets sick, and when he does, he mutates whatever he caught before he passes it on to me, giving me a weaker form of it. He's like a medical marvel that way.)

Yesterday, I got taken out by a migraine that came at me like a bullet train from nowhere. Usually, I can feel a migraine coming on; light sensitivity or a tic in my right eye or creeping pain that starts at the base of my skull and works its way around the right side of my head. Yesterday, it just rolled over me all at once. Within an hour, I went from stiffness in the neck (which is actually my daily norm) to laying in the floor trying not to cry and praying I didn't puke before the phenergan got rid of the nausea. As much as I hate taking mind-altering chemicals, sometimes they are necessary. And when I hurt that fucking bad, medicine is just medicine.

Today, I am just grateful to be alive and pain-free (relatively speaking). I'm going to go with the working theory that I am suffering from a narcotics-induced sense of well being. I'll take it. It's probably also masking the residual pain, which means I may not do shit today besides watch home-improvement shows on the teevee, and just for today, that's OK. Because I do NOT want my head to feel like it's trying to explode again.

* the rat-poo? Was inside the walls and got there because the bus had been sitting around unused for many many moons when we bought it. It did NOT happen on my watch. Ugh.

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  1. As you know, I can relate to Migraine pain so I'm glad you made it through yesterday. I hope today you start feeling better and better and you don't get totally knocked out from allergies.

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    1. My neck feels a bit like tenderized beef; but at least it doesn't hurt quite as bad as yesterday. Thank you!

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  2. I'm happy you're relatively pain free today. I hope it stays that way :)

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    1. I'm trying. The teevee is mah friend today, it requires no effort from me.

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    1. So far, so good. It's better today. Hopefully tomorrow will be even better.

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  5. Into every life a little rat poo must fall. Better inside the walls than on them.

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  6. I'm a day late but I hope you're still feeling better.

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    1. I am better. My neck feels like tenderized beef still. Which is a VAST improvement.

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  7. Keep taking care of yourself. Migraines are evil. Actually, so are allergies. I mix Zyrtec and Benadryl when mine are bad. Ugh.

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    1. Zyrtec for days. Benadryl at night, because that shit knocks me out.

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  8. Hey, they've discovmered that you can get lung disease from microwave popcorn. And wildfires in California are giving 80 year old people allergies for the first time in their lives. So if there's a loopy pill that gets you through your migraine, I say take it. Who knows what tomorrow may bring? It may turn out it grows a sixth toe or something. Take the relief while you can. And think how much easier it will be to pick up stuff with feet.

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